This is one of my favorite Psalms, and this line in particular is one I often pray–“Lord, renew my youth like the eagle’s!” When we are in a regular state of blessing the Lord with our outpouring of praise, our youth is actually renewed –we are changed on a cellular level by that swelling of the Holy Spirit within us.
Exodus 34:29-30 “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.”
Exodus 19:4 “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself.”
Isaiah 40:31 “Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
When we spend as much time as we possibly can blessing God with our praise–whose presence (if we have been born of the spirit, through Jesus Christ) is now within us through the indwelling of His Spirit–we, like Moses, become radiant. We only have to go to our personal Mount Sinai as often as possible and speak with the Lord, and He will renew our youth like the eagle’s.
Eagles fly alone at high altitude, not with sparrows or other small birds–no other bird can fly to the height of the eagle. Eagles have very strong vision. Eagles do not eat dead things–they feed only on fresh prey. Eagles love a storm–they use the storm’s wind to lift them higher, above the clouds, where they can glide and rest their wings; while the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees. When our youth is renewed like the eagle’s, we soar high above the World, we see clearly, we feed on the living Word of God, and we welcome the storms of life because we know they lead us to a higher place once we have passed through them.
Psalm 103 A Psalm of David.
Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious; slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor requite us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word! Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will! Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!
The image above is a painting from the Revelation Series from Revelation 4 “And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
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